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The Good Egg: The Food Group, Book 2

By Angela Zimmerman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Witty, delightful tale encourages self-care and acceptance.

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age 11+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 9+

Selfish message amidst cute illustrations

The Good Egg is a nicely illustrated book. I bought it from my son’s scholastic catalog without being able to read the inside, and I will be giving this book away. The message of putting yourself before others is not what I want to teach my kids. The extreme bad behavior of the other eggs is unrealistic, and the author has the Good Egg deal with that behavior by going on a solo journey of “self care,” including going to a spa and “breathing in and out.” That type of “self care” doesn’t work in real life, so why teach it to children, furthering the selfish “world-revolves-around-me” mentality of youth today. Seriously disappointed in the message this book sends to young children - do a lot of superficial, selfish tasks, and you’ll feel better about everyone else’s bad behavior.
age 13+

Chuck it with Giving Tree and Rainbow Fish

I'm sorry. Really. But I'm a kindergarten teacher with 30 years in the inner city. The good egg worries about the behavior of others, goes off on a journey of self-discovery and comes home to his eleven carton mates. In the end, he allows them to bully and mistreat him and blithely accepts their behavior. Oh well, I guess it takes all kinds. Nope, sorry, I'm not teaching young children to accept the bullying behavior of others. Had to have a good conversation with them after reading. Not for my collection. The author is clever, puns are cute for big kids or adults - but over the children's heads. The art work is nice - my kids liked the drawing of underwear on the final page - again, though, this amounts to harassment and we all know better than to enable that.

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say: Not yet rated

This witty adventure is full of great messages about the importance of balance, self-care, and acceptance of self and others. The Good Egg is a delightful romp for preschoolers and even older kids, who will love Pete Oswald's rich illustrations and Jory John's wise story. The stress that the Good Egg experiences because of others' behavior and things he has no control over -- and the methods he learns to use to heal and prioritize his own well-being (courage, contemplation, leisure, meditation) -- are wrapped in color and whimsy, making it appealing and relatable for young kids. Every page is fun and playful, and the overall message is a valuable one for readers of any age.

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